Albany beat patrols begin, Schenectady trying to rally support for taxing non-profits, cows roaming free in Glenville

The Albany Police Department's new neighborhood beat patrols began yesterday. Chief Steven Krokoff said in a statement that the beat officers "will be instrumental in reconnecting with the citizens of Albany." Here's a map of the beats. There are no beats west of Manning Blvd. [TU] [APD] [@TULocalPolitics]

The City of Schenectady is sending out a letter to other cities in the state in an effort to see if there's interest in mounting a campaign for state legislation that would cities to tax non-profits (this has has been an ongoing issue in Schenectady -- the mayor talked about imposing a "curb fee" on non-profits last year). [TU]

A handful of Saratoga County municipal entities will be getting money from a payment in lieu of taxes from the federal government for the Kesselring nuclear facility. [Daily Gazette]

The Committee to Save New York, the coalition of business leaders which has apparently been working in some sort of conjunction with Andrew Cuomo, will register as a lobbying group after all. [TU]

Whatever small sting Andrew Cuomo's top advisors felt from their five percent pay cut was probably soothed by the big bonuses he awarded them from his campaign fund. [State of Politics]

David Park's widow tells the TU she had filed her now-withdrawn lawsuit against the Buffalo-area homeowner who fatally shot her husband in order to get "access to information to understand and piece together the final minutes of my husband's life." [TU]

The Albany woman who suffered a heart attack the day after her husband and dog died in a house fire has passed away. [TU]

Ayerious Benson, the Troy teen accused of killing a man who had allegedly embarrassed him, has been found competent to stand trial. Benson's attorney had expressed doubts about his client's competence after Benson reportedly said he was seeing visions. [Troy Record] [TU]

The man who survived a fatal car race through Colonie with a friend last March was sentenced to 1-3 years in prison. [TU]

Michael Mosley, the man accused of killing Arica Lynn Schneider and Samuel Holley, was convicted on an unrelated DWI charge. He was sentenced to a year in jail. [TU] [Troy Record]

Albany police say a 9-year-old boy was badly burned after he accidentally set himself on fire while playing with a lighter yesterday. He was flown to Boston for treatment. Police say the boy may have set fire to a wig with which he was playing. [TU] [YNN] [CBS6]

The private contractor blamed for the recent radioactive spills at the Knolls Atomic Power Lab is now looking at either getting help from another contractor -- or just passing the job off completely. [TU]

Saratoga County is now charging a fee for defendants to attend victim impact panels in a attempt to keep defendants from streaming into the county for no-longer-free mandated sessions. [Saratogian]

Troy police say a man reported being mugged (including having his shoes stolen) after accepting a ride from three strangers early Saturday morning. [Troy Record]

Albany police say a pizza delivery man was mugged -- of money and food -- during what appears to have been a setup Saturday night in West Hill (map). [Fox23]

State Police say they are not currently planning to charge the owner of Wedding Combo, the Clifton Park company that reportedly didn't deliver the wedding photos and video that many local newlywed couples had paid for. Couples that didn't get what they paid for are being urged to file a complaint with the state attorney general's office. [Fox23] [CBS6]

There were disruptions in Time Warner Cable's digital phone service yesterday throughout upstate New York and Western Mass. The company says the problem has been fixed. [Saratogian] [YNN]

Patrick Mastro, Schenectady's sometimes controversial assessor, is resigning. [Daily Gazette]

Cabela's -- the outdoor sporting goods chain -- is reportedly looking at a site in Schodack The old East Greenbush Albany International site is going to be a FedEx facility. [TU]

Four Scottish Highland cattle are on the lam in Glenville. The cattle reportedly are friendly -- and like to eat bread. [TU] [CBS6]


I read the article about Fed Ex and Cabela's, but it seemed to me it was saying that Cabela's was no longer looking locally:

"Cabela's, in particular, was focused on the property before setting its sights on a location near Exit 11 in Schodack.

Pasinella said the company eventually shied from that site, too, perhaps because the recession made it wary of building new retail stores."

Am I reading it wrong?

@Kate: You're correct. I just flat out read it incorrectly this morning and screwed it up. Fixed. Thank you.

I'm pretty excited about the beat cop thing, I really hope it works out the way it's supposed to. It would be great if you guys could maybe do little interviews with the cops assigned to local beats. I plan on getting to know the ones assigned to my area personally, but it would be nice to know a little about some of the ones in neighborhoods I don't frequent as often.

I'm so sad for the Jaggers family. Anytime someone I know whines about their life sucking, I think of stories like this and want to smack them. It really puts things into perspective.

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